black & white photo of large, sunlit room with eighty beds in view with four nurses and five patients

Former location of women’s medical ward

Originally “East Medical 30,” the women’s medical ward that was here was renamed Bulfinch 7 in 1939, when the wards were given a more consistent set of names. In this photo from 1880, the woman with a black band on her cap is the senior nurse. Patients with diseases considered highly contagious and a public health threat were often seen in isolation wards, but many patients with contagious diseases were treated in wards like this one. They may have had tuberculosis, typhoid fever or pneumonia.